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NASB serves as an advocate for public education and local school governance. The Association strives to serve its members, and inspires its members to work as a team with legislators and state officials to secure laws and regulations that benefit Nebraska’s public schools. One of the Association’s advocacy goals is to represent the interests of school board members with our state lawmakers. NASB lobbies in support of the school boards, guided by the legislative agenda that is developed by the Legislation Committee. The Legislative agenda is initiated each year with the submission of local board proposals/legislative resolutions. Our advocacy team also monitors state and federal legislative developments and communicates to our members’ legislative activities, updates on state and federal laws, court decisions and other legal issues for public schools.


A Guidebook of NASB's Legislative Resolutions and Stand Positions

Call for Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions ... Due July 9
(Online Submission Form)

Legislative Call for Submissions 2016.pdfLegislative Call for Submissions 2016.pdf 


NASB Contacts

John Spatz
Executive Director

Jennifer Jorgensen
Legal Counsel

Matt Belka
Director of Marketing and Communications

Important Links

Legislative Bills
Legislative Newsletter
Find Your Senator
Superintendent Transparency Act
Budget Schedule D
Other Links


2015 Legislative Session sees 18 new Senators join the ranks

104th Legislature, 1st Session began at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, with 18 new Senators joining 31 of their peers.  It was a busy first day as Senators voted to determine both the Speaker of the Legislature, and all Committee Chairs.  Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney was voted this year’s Speaker, and the Education Committee will again be Chaired by Sen. Kate Sullivan.  The session will last 90 working days, and is schedule to conclude on June 5.  Track the 2015 Legislature with NASB’s Legislative Notes.

To view photos from the Legislative Issues Conference, held January 25-26 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, visit ... the Conference included Governor Ricketts, Speaker Hadley, as well as Sens. Sullivan, Nordquist, and Mello.  The Conference concluded with the majority of the Senators joining the attendees for lunch to netowrk and discuss issues important to education, and their districts.


2014 Legislative Session Adjourned

The 103rd Legislature 2nd session, which kicked off January 8th, officially ended April 17, 2014. The 2014 Legislative Session has had its share of twists, turns, yay’s and nay’s.

Although it only FEELS like the entire session was devoted to mountain lions, there were many items covered like Expanding Medicaid for Health Care, Prison Reform, Water, Tax Relief, and the State Budget. Within this 2nd Session alone, 460 bills were introduced, 393 were carried over from last year, 168 became law with Governor approval, six bills were vetoed by the Governor, of which five of those were overridden by the legislature, one vetoed bill was not overridden, 23 were indefinitely postponed, and 6 withdrawn.




NSBA Advocates For Public Education

The National School Boards Association advocates for public education. Their Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy represents the interests of 90,000 local school board members in Congress allowing us to be heard at the federal level and within other public policy forums pertinent to public education. They prioritize such federal efforts as federal funding, early childhood education and have recently kicked off the “Stand up 4 Public Schools” campaign to bring a collective voice in support of public education.

Click here for the NSBA Federal Legislative Priorities

Click here for more information on Stand Up 4 Public Schools